University of California, Los Angeles

Interesting
Lodged on a 419-acre shield-shaped campus in the foothills between Westwood Village and Bel Air, UCLA began in 1882 as a state normal school in downtown Los Angeles. Inspired by the hillside setting and the Southern California climate, campus planners in the 1920s designed 40 cinnamon-colored brick and stone buildings in the Lombard Romanesque style of northern Italy, arranged on a system of axes to accommodate the sloping terrain.Today UCLA is the largest member of the University of California's nine-campus system, with a total enrollment of more than 35,000 students and an academic staff of more than 5,000. Crowning the highest point on the campus, Royce Quadrangle is bordered by the university's earliest, Italian-theme structures. The Janss Steps sweep dramatically downhill to the student union and athletic facilities. Near its foot stands Pauley Pavilion, a 12,500-seat arena that is home court to UCLA's acclaimed basketball teams, winners of 13 national college championships since 1964. In the heart of campus, on Westwood Plaza, is the Bruin Bear (1984, Billy Fitzgerald), a 6ft-high, 10ft-long, two-ton bronze statue of a snarling grizzly, the campus symbol.

Useful information

Address:

110 Westwood Plaza, 90095 Los Angeles

Phone:

+1 310-825-4321

Nearby tourist attractions

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Los Angeles
1:30
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
Los Angeles
1:30
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Los Angeles
1:00
Hotel Bel-Air
Hotel Bel-Air
Los Angeles
0:30
Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles
Westwood Village
Westwood Village
Los Angeles
0:30
See all